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Easter Nest Torte Recipe
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Easter Nest Torte Recipe

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In this delectable dessert, a luscious cake layer nestles rich mousse and chocolate "twigs." —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 20 to 30 small candy Easter eggs

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 426 calories, 28 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 126 mg cholesterol, 177 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Remove sides and bottom of pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. From a large sheet of waxed paper, cut a 29-in. x 5-in. strip. Fold strip lengthwise in half. Place strip on a large sheet of waxed paper on a work surface. Spread melted chocolate evenly along one long edge of waxed paper strip; spread upward, making a wavy line to within 1/2 in. of other long edge. Let stand for 10-30 minutes until chocolate begins to set but is still pliable.
  4. Carefully lift waxed paper strip and wrap chocolate strip around cake with straight edge on the bottom. Do not remove waxed paper. Refrigerate until chilled. Meanwhile, cover three baking sheets with waxed paper. Drizzle remaining melted chocolate from a spatula over waxed paper in both directions. Chill for 10 minutes. Peel off waxed paper; break chocolate into 2-in. to 3-in. "twigs;" set aside.
  5. For filling, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  6. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water; let stand for 1 minute. Stir into custard until gelatin is dissolved. Add chopped chocolate; stir until smooth. Cover surface with plastic wrap; cool to room temperature.
  7. In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form; fold into chocolate mixture. Carefully spoon over top of cake. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set. Remove waxed paper strip from side of cake. Position chocolate "twigs" around top of cake to create a nest. Arrange candy eggs in center. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Easter Nest Torte in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005, p158

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

"I';m thinking that I'll melt a bag of chocolate chips, Put some of the melted chocolate on one Twix bar and use that all around the edge instead of the chocolate strip. I can then use some of the extra melted chocolate for the "twigs" Do you think that'll work? Like the idea of adding Peeps. Thanks for telling me that it can be frozen. Only gave it one star because I didn't try his yet, but wanted to get this question to post"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"What's been changed? I'm trying to read the reviews and all it will let me do is rate it."

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"In the ingredient list for the filling, there should only be 3 egg yolks (not 3 whole eggs). We apologize for this error and it will be corrected soon.

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Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"Great presentation - fun to make! Added PeePs to the eggs and it added to the fun!"

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"The recipe called for 3 beaten eggs, but in the directions it says egg yolks, so I had already used the whole egg. The cake didn't raise very much at all. I probably waited too long to put the chocolate strip around the cake, but mine did crack. It does look pretty, but I am not sure how well you will be able to cut through chocolate rim when you are ready to serve it."

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